Welcome back, gang, for another stab at Grant Morrison's Multiversity. We had a thread about this title once before, but it petered out. Which was fine, until the second issue came out, which just begs for closer examination. So let's begin again. 

I'm no expert on Morrison, or his themes/hobby horses (I'll leave that to Feargal). But I am pretty familiar with comics history, so at the very least let me point out the trail markers as Morrison does shout-outs forward, backward and sideways. In other words: annotation, not analysis.(You guys can do the analysis!)

Step one is necessarily the Map of the Multiversity DC released. It's not only a blueprint of the DCU, but also a roadmap of sorts for Multiversity. Here 'tis (click for larger image):

Note, for example, that at dead center of the multiverse is the "House of Heroes," which will be referenced in the first issue.

More significantly, while there are 52 worlds, there is an Earth-0 (Us?), so the count will be from 0-51 -- meaning there's no Earth-52. Further, there are seven worlds denoted by question marks, presumably referring to the missing numbers 14, 24, 25, 27, 28, 46 and 49. Earth-30 has a hammer and sickle on it, Earth-10 has a red X on it, Earth-29 is square (Bizarro World?), Earth-26 has cartoon eyes and there oddities like Earth-19 where it's hard to tell what is meant.

But I'm getting ahead of myself ...

THE MULTIVERSITY #1

Cover

We see President Superman, Calvin Ellis of Earth-23, where there's an all-black Justice League, first seen in Final Crisis #7 (2009). We see Captain Carrot of Earth-C (which I imagine will get an official number before this is over), first seen in an insert in New Teen Titans #16 (1982). We also see a Mary Marvel, earth origin unknown, and a red-skinned Green Lantern with horns (Abin Sur of Earth-20). 

Page 1

The camera opens on a city with people running around like bugs, zooming in closer and closer to a woman knocking on a door, closer still to lice in her hair. The omniscient narrator intones about life taking root wherever it can. Morrison often announces his themes with the opening panels, Iike with Anthro in Final Crisis #1, and I don't believe this to be an exception. 

Page 2

A young black male is typing in commentary on the Cosmic Cosmos Forum about a new comic book from DC titled Ultra Comics, which is rumored to be haunted. I don't know if it's significant, but there was a comic book published by Fawcett that ran 14 issues from 1951-53 titled This Magazine Is Haunted.

The man is addressing a stuffed monkey as Mr. Stubbs. Mr. Stubbs was a circus chimpanzee in the 1880 children's book Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus, which was adapted into the Disney movie Toby Tyler in 1960.

The young man is listening to music (presumably) on earphones; music will play a big role in this series, so that might be important.

Page 3

The captions in Ultra Comics appear to be warning not just the young black man but also us readers to not read any further. Morrison has often broken the fourth wall, and appears to be doing so here. Mr. Stubbs comes alive (in a pirate outfit) and urges the young black man to change into his alter ego, Nix Uotan, the last of the Monitors, as seen in Morrison's Final Crisis.

Page 4

Nix Uotan refers to his super alter ego as Superjudge. That's a new reference, unless you count the obscure album by the obscure band Monster Magnet.

Page 5

The comic book has evidently summoned Nix Uotan to Earth-7, which he travels to in a ship named Ultima Thule. "Ultima Thule" was used in ancient times as a generic reference to someplace far away, generally impossible to get to. By Medieval times "Ultima Thule" was used to denote far Northern lands about which little was known, and at various times was a reference for various far-Northern areas, such as Scandinavia, the Shetlands, even an island in the Baltic Sea. The Thule Society, formed in 1918 in Germany, believed that Thule/Hyperborea was a perfect place in antiquity, possibly Atlantis, far in advance of us technologically, and the birthplace of the Aryan race. (As you can imagine, these Aryan-lovers were tight with the Nazis.) In modern times, Thule is a place in Greenland. Whether Morrison is referencing any of this, or even Conan's Hyperborea, or Aquaman's Atlantis, or Lori Lemaris' Atlantis, or even Arion's Atlantis, isn't clear.

Earth-7 is adjacent to the House of Heroes on the map, immediately to the left.

When Superjudge and Mr. Stubbs arrive on Earth-7, it is in ruins. Dead super-people litter the ruins, although I can't distinguish any of them. The words "We Need Your Help" appear in the air.

Page 6

The words in the air are apparently a message from an ethereal, vaporized Invisible Woman analog. A fiery face appears to be a transformed Human Torch analog. A stretched-out Mr. Fantastic analog dominates the foreground, while some of the ruins are sentient and moving, apparently all that's left of this planet's version of The Thing. 

Page 7

Superjudge describes Earth-7 as "so badly out of tune, the laws of physics have been disabled." Another reference to music.

We also meet The Thunderer, the Thor analog of this world, likely based on Australian Aborigine myths or folklore, given his dialect. At his feet are various dead super-people that are avatars of both Marvel and DC characters, including Captain America, Superman, Vision, Blue Devil and Wonder Woman. (There are more, but I can't distinguish them, although one of them is possibly Cyclops.)

Page 9

The chief bad guy appears, announcing he and his kind as The Gentry, who want to remove all hope. Weirdly, he reminds me of the sidekick in Berni Wrightson's Captain Sternn. It's essentially an eyeball with bat wings. That's actually a fairly common image, but I don't know where it comes from.

We see The Thunderer from behind this time, so the figures in the background are clearer. Still can't tell if that's supposed to be a faux-Cyclops or not.

Page 14

Thunderer mentions "the Rainbow or Worlds," possibly a reference to the Multiversity Map. (He also loses his "Thor" powers -- and his front teeth -- as he reverts to Don Blake an ordinary Aborigine.

Page 15

Thunderer says "the Pitiless Ones" are from "behind the invisible rainbow" and are "opposite of everything natural." One must assume again that he is referring to the Multiversity Map, and that The Gentry are from beyond its borders. 

Nix Uotan references "The Orrery" and the "House of Heroes" from the Map.

Page 16

We meet the other Gentry: Dame Merciless, Hellmachine, Lord Broken, Demogorgunn and Intellectron. These names are not familiar to me. The latter two are portmanteaus of Demiurge/Gorgon and intellect/electron. There is a demogorgon in mythology, but it's not a significant figure.

Page 17

The "anti-death equation" is described as something that won't let you die and/or extends the moment of death indefinitely, as opposed to the anti-life equation -- central to Final Crisis -- which removes free will.

Page 18-19

We visit Earth-23 and President Superman. On Earth-23 Brainiac is apparently Superman's computer/major domo. 

Page 20

The President's assistant is Courtney. I am unfamiliar with any significant Courtneys in DC history that look like this twentysomething brunette. Courtney Whitmore is a blonde teenager.)

Page 21

We meet Earth-23's Justice League, whose headquarters resembles the pre-Crisis Justice League's satellite. Members include Steel, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Zatanna, Black Lightning, Batman, Green Lantern, Red Tornado, Vixen and a man in a leather jacket with a half-helmet of gold -- likely Mr. Terrific, but possibly Dr. Fate or Guardian. All are black except possibly Batman, who is probably black, but if he is, he's very light-skinned. 

Superman has destroyed a robot of unknown origin and unknown materials that degrades upon contact with real-world physics -- obviously, something from The Gentry's neck of the woods. Wonder Woman suggest they look for its origins "in higher planes and rare geometries, or in the harmony of spheres where endless worlds and voices sing in rhapsody sublime." 

This might be a good time to mention that all of this talk of music, musical spheres and harmony has resonance with the ancient theory of "the music of the spheres" as well as the original separation of Earth-One and Earth-Two by vibrations.

For Music of the Spheres I can't do better than Wikipedia:

"Musica universalis (lit. universal music, or music of the spheres) or Harmony of the Spheres is an ancient philosophical concept that regards proportions in the movements of celestial bodies—the SunMoon, and planets—as a form of musica (the Medieval Latinterm for music). This "music" is not usually thought to be literally audible, but a harmonic and/or mathematical and/or religious concept. The idea continued to appeal to thinkers about music until the end of the Renaissance, influencing scholars of many kinds, including humanists.

The Music of the Spheres incorporates the metaphysical principle that mathematical relationships express qualities or "tones" of energy which manifest in numbers, visual angles, shapes and sounds – all connected within a pattern of proportion. Pythagoras first identified that the pitch of a musical note is in proportion to the length of the string that produces it, and that intervals between harmonious sound frequencies form simple numerical ratios.[1] In a theory known as the Harmony of the Spheres, Pythagoras proposed that the Sun, Moon and planets all emit their own unique hum (orbital resonance) based on their orbital revolution,[2] and that the quality of life on Earth reflects the tenor of celestial sounds which are physically imperceptible to the human ear.[3] Subsequently, Plato described astronomy and music as "twinned" studies of sensual recognition: astronomy for the eyes, music for the ears, and both requiring knowledge of numerical proportions.[4]

Meanwhile, the original concept introduced in "Flash of Two Worlds" in Flash #123 (1961) was that each universe vibrated at a slightly different rate, so the Flashes could travel from one world to another by adapting their internal vibration to the universe they wanted to visit. 

Morrison appears to be tying the vibrational concept to a literal Music of the Spheres.

Page 22

On Earth-23, Lex Luthor was trying to access the multiverse with a "Transmatter Symphonic Array" -- which suddenly activates and whisks Superman to ... 

Page 24-25

... the House of Heroes, "outside of normal time and space -- between universes" at the center of the Multiverse (according to the Map). We learn this and a whole lot more exposition from Captain Carrot, who has also been pulled to the House by a Transmatter "Hutch' as have a host of other heroes, each pulled by a Transmatter machine of some kind, which materialized on their worlds after Thunderer sent out an SOS. Captain Carrot describes the fluid in which the worlds exist as "Bleedspace" that's rotating through the fifth dimension (where Mr. Mxyzptlk lives) around a fixed point of the multiversal Orrery of Worlds."

Addendum: Captain Carrot thinks he has met Superman, but he's thinking of the Superman from Earth-One, whom he met in Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew #1. CC says that all humans look alike to him -- a racial slur on our planet, but here, the reverse: Captain Carrot literally cannot tell the black Superman from the white one. They're all equal in his eyes.

He also refers to the House of Heroes as "a watchtower," which has JLA resonance.

It is also called Valla-Hal, Valhalla sideways.

Page 26-27

We meet more heroes snatched up by the SOS. We see (and will later be introduced to) Spore and Dino-Cop (Spawn and Savage Dragon) from Earth-41, Red Racer and Power Torch (Flash and Green Lantern) from Earth-36, Vixen and Bloodwynd (no Earth specified), a Hawkman of unknown origin, Aquawoman of Earth-11 (probably the world of gender swaps we've seen before), Lady Quark and Lord Volt (of Earth-6, first seen in Crisis on Infinite Earths #4, 1986, and subsequently killed, so these may not be the same ones), plus chibi versions of Wonder Woman and Steel.

Incidentally, the Image planet Earth-41 is exactly on the opposite side of the Map as President Superman's Earth-23, which is probably significant, as we'll see next issue.

Page 28-29

Superman's Brainiac belt buckle makes contacts with the computer which is ... Harbinger. Or "Harbinger Systems," with a big floating Lyla "Harbinger" Mychaels head. Of course, she's been dead for a long time, and even showed up as a Black Lantern in "Blackest Night." She refers to herself as having been sleeping, but ... oh, who knows? Can't have a Crisis without a Harbinger, I guess.

Harbinger says "Earth-4. Earth-5. Earth-10. Earth-16. Earth-20. Earth-33. The Multiverse needs you!"

However, the team that goes to rescue Nix Uotan are not from those planets, so I don't know what that means.

ADDENDUM: Since Earth-20 needs help in the next issue, maybe those are the six Earths we're going to see imperiled in issues #2-7.

Page 30-31

The rescue party will consist of Superman of Earth-23, Thunderer of Earth-7, Red Racer of Earth-36, Aquawoman of Earth-41 and Captain Carrot of Earth-C. (I wonder if Earth-C is Earth-26, the one with the cartoon eyes on the Map? Seems likely.)

We learn that the Ultima Thule is made of "frozen music." 

We learn that Red Racer, like Barry Allen, is a comic book fan.

We learn that the adventures of the various heroes appear in other universes as comic books, just like Barry Allen reading about Jay Garrick back in "Flash of Two Worlds." 

We learn that Red Racer's civilian name is Ray (Palmer?) and Power-Torch's is Hank (Hall?). Their good-byes are very intimate, and one assumes they are gay. Their world's Superman was named Optiman, and he's dead.

The Justice League on Earth-36 is called Justice 9.

Marvel Comics on Earth-36 are called Major Comics.

Page 32

Morrison drives home the Music of the Spheres bit.

Red Racer: "-- vibrations! Of course -- the worlds of the Multiverse vibrate together! Separated only by their different pitches."

Thunderer (who has gotten his powers, and his front teeth, back): Fifty-two worlds occupying the same space. All ringing. It's all one big song."

Superman discovers the Ultima Thule is a trans-dimensional yacht powered by sound vibrations. "A musical engine for traveling between universes." He powers the ship by playing music, and selects destination by alter the pitch. 

Page 33

The crew sees a horrible monster in the Bleed between universes. Remember life taking root wherever it can, filling in every niche? I think that's what is happening here -- and possibly with The Gentry as well.

Page 34

We see Lord Havok (Dr. Doom) facing off against the Future Family (Fantastic Four) on Earth-8. He has the Omni-Gauntlets (Nega-Bands? Infinity Gauntlet?), the Genesis Egg (no idea) and the Lightning-Axe of Wundajin (hammer of Thor) which he claims will give him the Power Eternal (Power Cosmic?).

It should be noted that a Thor analog named Wandjina first appeared in Justice League of America #87 (1971) as part of the Champions of Angor, which included Bluejay (Yellowjacket), Silver Sorceress (Scarlet Witch), Captain Speed (Quicksilver), Bowman (Hawkeye) and Tin Man (Iron Man), all of whom are dead, at least they were.

Pages 35-39

We meet the Retaliators (Avengers) of Earth-8, which include Wundajin (Thor), Crusader (Captain America), Machinehead (Iron Man), David "Behemoth" Dibble (Bruce David "Hulk" Banner), Bug (Spider-Man) and characters that look suspiciously like Falcon, Captain Marvel, Black Widow and Hawkeye.

The Behemoth isn't just childlike like the Hulk, he's actually a giant, blue, super-strong baby in a diaper (like Baby Huey). 

Red Racer is the one who knows the names of their foes, from reading Major Comics (Marvel Comics) and seeing their movies. He also mentions the G-Men (X-Men) and Stuntmaster (probably the Daredevil analog, given that the Stuntmaster was a DD villain, but he rode a motorcycle, so he could be a Ghost Rider analog). 

Captain Carrot is governed by cartoon (Tex Avery) physics, which appears to be a super-power of sorts.

Pages 40-43

Lord Havok cracks open the Genesis Egg, apparently killing him (with the help of "Hawkeye") and the Future Family. He dies saying "I saw their faces," which I'm guessing is a reference to The Gentry.

Page 44

Nix Uotan is now calling himself "The Judge of Worlds" and has apparently been corrupted by The Gentry.

Once again the captions speak directly to the reader. If nothing else we should assume that the comic book we are reading is telling true events from elsewhere in the multiverse, and that it is, perhaps, haunted.

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I had to wonder whether Morrison wasn't using this issue as a sort of extended metaphor of the War on Terror here. You have the white-dominated "imperial" power that doesn't hesitate to torture its captives attacked from within by members of a despised, multi-cultural group, who use a Human Bomb to destroy one of the occupying power's installations (the New Reichsmen's satellite) and disrupt a major a major cultural event (the New Bayreuth Wagner fest), while the group's leader boasts that they will win because they have something the occupiers do not - "something to believe in", which is a common Islamist knock against the US (and the West in general) that we don't really believe in anything.

 

It's also interesting that Overman is no Captain Nazi or Red Skull - he has a conscience of sorts, at least.

Why don't these bald mad scientists ever do the obvious thing and invent a cure for baldness?

Wasn't Overman the Superman that went crazy in Morrison's Animal Man and kept carrying that bomb around?

This issue has been the weakest of Morrison's run.   Save for Uncle Sam's absconding with a comic book and a Sivana's appearance, this issue feels like a stand-alone.   While it is a great depiction of an alternate Earth, I can see little connection with the overarching plot....but, given this is Morrison, he'll probably get around to it.

I like it that Sivana's being used more, I've always thought him under rated and under used.

Agreed, Mark.   And Sivana is probably the "hook" I'm looking for.   I'm pretty sure this Sivana has been contacted by the "League of Sivanas" and perhaps provided the basis for the scientific creation of the Freedom Fighters.

Zane said:

This issue has been the weakest of Morrison's run.   Save for Uncle Sam's absconding with a comic book and a Sivana's appearance, this issue feels like a stand-alone.   While it is a great depiction of an alternate Earth, I can see little connection with the overarching plot....but, given this is Morrison, he'll probably get around to it.

There's also Lord Broken giving Overman bad dreams to prompt his conscience. This seems an attack on the superheroes/power structure on this world.

Which seems to work, in that Overman lies to Leatherwing about Human Bomb's physiology, checks on the Eagle's Nest where things are going wrong but doesn't do anything, and then fails to stop the destruction of Metropolis and the deaths of Leatherwing and Unterseemann.

I found this interesting in that The Gentry aren't attacking the "good guys" of this world, as we'd see them, the Freedom Fighters. In fact, The Gentry are aiding Uncle Sam, through the Sivanas. "Good" and "evil" are flipped on this world in a much more subtle and profound way than on Earth-3, in that the Freedom Fighters, in accepting help from The Gentry, are actually traitors to their entire universe, while thinking all the while that they are the good guys. Meanwhile, the "bad" guys are the target of The Gentry, because they represent this universe's strongest defense. In destroying the New Reichsmen, the Freedom Fighters are unknowingly paving the way for The Gentry's invasion.

The Baron said:

I had to wonder whether Morrison wasn't using this issue as a sort of extended metaphor of the War on Terror here. You have the white-dominated "imperial" power that doesn't hesitate to torture its captives attacked from within by members of a despised, multi-cultural group, who use a Human Bomb to destroy one of the occupying power's installations (the New Reichsmen's satellite) and disrupt a major a major cultural event (the New Bayreuth Wagner fest), while the group's leader boasts that they will win because they have something the occupiers do not - "something to believe in", which is a common Islamist knock against the US (and the West in general) that we don't really believe in anything.

I think you're spot on, Baron. There are a couple of remarks that lead to that interpretation that are unnecessary to the story, which buttress your analysis. Nice work, detective!

Captain Comics said:

An aide refers to Hitler as “Leader.” Hitler was often referred to as “Der Fuehrer,” which translates to (among other things) “The Leader.” It soon become evident that all the speakers in this book are speaking German unless otherwise indicated, and it is simply being translated without comment. I will reverse-translate where appropriate or interesting.

I really enjoyed the complete translation of the words, using "leader," "mister" and "hail" instead of the cliché of not translating selected words from German.

The last panel is a scene-setter for a place called Peenemunde, which is a port city on an island in the Baltic Sea near the coast of Germany. Peenemunde translates literally to “Peene Mouth,” as the city is located at the mouth of the Peene River....

This is similar to several cities in the UK, such as Dartmouth being near the mouth of the River Dart.

Nazi troops burn American comic books, one depicting, ironically, Superman. The Nazis were notorious book-burners, so it’s unsurprising. But the time is 1956, only a few years after mass comic-book bonfires in America by Americans! Uncle Sam is seen, battered and defeated like the country he represents.

Interestingly the caption at the bottom of the page (continuing to the next page's captions) says that "20th April, 1956" is "the day America fell." Apparently they needed Overman to be a full adult before they finally won the war. No mention is made in this book of the Japanese Empire.

Note that Nazi Martian Manhunter has used his shapeshifting powers to appear with white skin – a necessity in a world run by Nazis.

I thought the coloring was odd but didn't think of this reason. Still, the great majority of people butchered by the Nazis also had white skin. Certainly they didn't think a Martian was an Aryan.

Overman implies he has remorse for “the shame of our past,” presumably war atrocities.

On the top of page 35 there are three panels indicating that Overman left for three years (it doesn't say where he went), during which holocaust was perpetrated.

It does say elsewhere that there were "purges" of non-favored groups in the 50s and 60s when he presumably wasn't out-of-town, so maybe his regret wasn't complete.

We see trophies, which include a Thanagarian hawk mask (did they simply kill Hawkman as an alien?), the Construct prison (I think), something I can’t identify and Kanjar Ro’s outfit.

I see what appears to be a pickled Starro.

Uncle Sam’s revolutionaries are depicted on an island near the damaged Statue of Liberty. Ellis Island, maybe?

The shape of Ellis Island matches Jim Lee's longshot. It otherwise doesn't look like the current Ellis Island because no restoration took place and it was probably pummeled by the Nazis and/or Overman.

We learn America is called Germanica on this world. Germanica is Latin for German.

My eyes sailed right by this reference to the name change.

PAGES 36-37: I found it interesting that Lena found Karl's devotion to to Kara (name unchanged!) to be unnatural and unhealthy. She says she was cloned from Karl's stem cells. Unless Kryptonian DNA is very different it shouldn't be possible to clone a female from a male, since the XX and XY chromosomes are part of one's DNA. Lena then does her own version of "sturm und drang," bemoaning her future as an aging normal human.

This is only my second issue of Multiversity, after Pax Americana. Whether or not I pick up more individual issues I know I will buy TPB collections.

The Baron said:

I had to wonder whether Morrison wasn't using this issue as a sort of extended metaphor of the War on Terror here.

I think he at least touched upon this. The Freedom Fighters are referred to as "terrorists," the Human Bomb as a suicide bomber who survives the blast. When I was talking about the cliché of not translating the German words herr, heil and fuehrer I also thought of the tendency to translate every Arabic word except Allah, which translates to God. The flip side of this was a recent upset caused by an Arabic translation of the Judeo-Christian Bible which used Allah for God. Neither side wants to admit, it seems, that all three religions worship the same God and have the same prophets. 

Thanks for the comments, Richard!

I saw the pickled Starro as well. Thought I'd typed it in. Somewhere else Overman mentions that the New Reichsmen defeated "the Star Conqueror," and there he is!



The Baron said:

I had to wonder whether Morrison wasn't using this issue as a sort of extended metaphor of the War on Terror here.

Hey! That's my schtick! ;-)

I thought the coloring was odd but didn't think of this reason. Still, the great majority of people butchered by the Nazis also had white skin. Certainly they didn't think a Martian was an Aryan.

There's been coloring mistakes in Morrison books before that inspired unwarranted interpretation, or conversely, which obscured plot points Morrison was trying to get across. Still, I think the Martian Manhunter here being white is deliberate and pointed.

With genuine respect, Richard, "Most of the Nazis' victims were white" looks like a kinda ridiculous statement in this context, as it was clear that they had nutso racial theories putting the 'Aryans' at the top, that provided the philosophical underpinnings of much of the evil that they did. There's a wealth of Nazi literature describing black people as totally subhuman savages, and much evidence that they treated Black prisoners-of-war worse than their white counterparts. Just because the Germans didn't deal with many black people during the Nazi era, due to historical and geographical happenstance, doesn't make them somehow 'colour-blind'.

I thought Morrison underplayed it in the actual comic, but made a virtue of it in interviews about the comic, that the individual Freedom Fighters were representative of the different 'types' that the Nazis sent to the concentration camps.  That's a very annoying aspect of his approach.  In any case, it's probably worth comparing the triangle symbols on the Freedom Fighters' uniforms with the Nazi symbols identifying the different victims of the camps.

Clever, as “X” is “10” in Roman numerals.

Apparently they went with Earth X originally, because they wanted to use Earth [Swastika], but that was disallowed and this was the closest.

Hitler suffered from many chronic ailments, among them constipation, stomach cramps, diarrhea and uncontrollable flatulence.

Good to know.  Constipation AND Diarrhea?  An unusual combo.  You think that would have told him that he wasn't ultimately favoured by the gods...

It soon become evident that all the speakers in this book are speaking German unless otherwise indicated, and it is simply being translated without comment.

Another way that Morrison differentiates himself from Alan Moore, who had the characters speaking actual German for about 3/4 of a recent instalment of League of Gentlemen...

Otto von Bismarck’s famous speech about German unification in 1862 was titled “Blood and Iron.”

And Bismarck himself was known as the Iron Chancellor.

A grown Overman is depicted leading victorious Nazi forces through Washington D.C., signifying Nazi victory in World War II.

It seems that this is 1956 - 17 years later.  It looks like having kiddy Karl around in 1945 saved Germany's bacon, but they didn't get around to totally defeating the US until over ten years later.  As usual with these all-too-brief installments, I'd love to know more details.

I would think she would be connected to the Roman gods, since Italy was a member of the Axis, and they are the Greco-Roman gods after all. But I didn’t write or draw the book.

Wha?  Brunnhilde is a wonderful Nazi version of Wonder Woman.  No comic is ever poorer for having such a gloriously stereotyped scary Maidchen depicted within its pages.  Roman gods and goddesses in comics a two a penny, but the Teutonic mythological characters, not so much.  Personally I'm much more interested in Norse/Celtic/Germanic mythology than Roman mythoilogy, which I've always found somehow rather dry and bloodless.

As noted above, however, neither the Italians nor the Japanese are represented here, nor do they seem to have played much of a role.  With Kiddy Karl on their side, perhaps the Germans were able to let their hatred of the 'Asiatics' and contempt for the loser Italians override any need for alliances.

Brunnhilde herself may be a little nod to fellow Scot Keiron Gillon's Uber series which features gloriously intimidating Nazi super-frauleins in abundance.

This represents the founding members of the Justice League in 1960, with the curious exception of a Green Lantern analog.

I don't think Morrison has much grá for the current iteration of the Hal Jordan Green Lantern.  In Final Crisis he was kind of dopey, seemed to be asleep when most needed, and was easily made to submit to Darkseid's will.  In an earlier Multiversity comic we had an alternative Hal Jordan GL who was both gay and frightened.  (Nothing wrong with being gay, of course, but I'm not sure there wasn't a little jibe intended.)  Jibes at Hal Jordan seem commonplace amongst non-fanboy creative types.  Green Lantern was incredibly dopey in the Lego Movie and the butt of several jokes.

In any case, I think he is the only member of the New Reichsmen that has a big swastika emblazoned on his uniform at this late stage, which isn't a good look.

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